Michelle MacKinnon‘s photorealistic portraits use the human face to investigate secrets and their relation to the idea of public/private. The artist explains:
“The series is a combination of a list of exposed secrets, and with no direct link to them, portraits of the sitters expressing their emotions/reactions to their listed secret. Provoked by the idea of confession, this series will explore the public/private relation of people and the exposition of their secrets. By anonymously submitting secrets to the artist and later posing for a portrait depicting their secret, this series strikes an interesting note of juxtaposition between the public and private sphere of secrecy. Publically, these secrets, and therefore their keepers, have been indirectly exposed. Out of instinctive human nature, curiosity drives the viewer to either intuitively match the portrait to their secret, or become empathetic to the portrait deriving from relation to their own secrets. Privately, the confession becomes an outlet for the sitter; a chance to formally acknowledge and confront their secret, yet knowing that, though it may be assumed, no one but themselves will be entirely accurate as to which secret is theirs. It becomes a veiled breach of the private into the public and a connection without fact; after all, we all have secrets.” – Michelle Mackinnon
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Justin Bartlett is self proclaimed black ink warlock from the grim and frostbitten ravenrealm of Southern California who enjoys thee grimm riffs, vberkvlt metals, and other dark musick, times of solitude, skulls, and scotch. He’s done work for indie (and I mean indie) bands and record labels. Pretty awesome. Here’s a quote he leaves you with: “EMBRACE VISUAL HELL!!!”
T. Reilly Hodgson sent in his ‘zine to the offices today. Another edition of raw photography from the 22 year old Canadian.
Hodgson started taking pictures of graffiti and his friends skateboarding with an old point and shoot in the 6th grade. But it wasn’t until high school when he started taking art seriously. Hodgson uses photography to document his life as a memory building experiment. It seems that he has a very easy going approach to art and doesn’t like to force it out. At the moment he and a friend, Dimitri Karakostas work on a zine called “Blood of the Young Zine” as a means to share the photos and art work with the public.
Prior to opening up this gem, I had no idea what to expect from T. Reilly Hodgson. Especially since this was my introduction to his work. What I found between these covers were shockingly raw, snapshot-esque photos. These are not your everyday photos. The content may offend some, but I feel there’s something magically alluring about the subject and message behind each image. It’s life in its purest form. It just goes to show, that you don’t need the fanciest equipment to make the biggest statement.
I really like how the isolation of the object and their illumination by the camera give the plants human characteristics- those not getting any love. The ones in our office are slowly resembling these :[
Starting today I’ll be posting interviews I’ve conducted with artists participating in the live video/performance art show I am curating, presenting itself in it’s entirety and in REAL LIFE 3D SPACE this weekend. Not only are the videos colliding, so are the performers- meeting minds from Berlin, Canada, Colorado, the 310, 818, and 323, holler! This will also give me a great opportunity to showcase (you should really you know… come to the event) everyone’s work because it’s an awesome roster of young artists crazy enough to come and do this. I also want to thank Megan, my partner in this comedy duo, and all the artists as well.
The photographic studio founded and run by Robert Staudinger and Andreas Franke (based in Vienna) have been experimenting with many different post production techniques for a while. Their recent fascination is with water. Photographing different women just beneath the surface of water, their series Barrier is like a ghostly fairytale. The women seem to either be sinking down into the depths below, postmortem, or in a state of serenity and peace, enjoying a moment of calm. We are not quite sure whether the barrier is a help or a hindrance; something to protect the women or to hurt them. The images capture an intrusive moment, either like watching someone during their final moments of life, or having an intimate bathing experience. Whatever it is, Staudinger and Franke exploit the tension between tranquility and unease; push and pull; immersion and separation.
Playing with the concept of water in the past (The Phantasy Fairytales), Staudinger and Franke seem interested in exploring the quietness and other-worldliness of the substance. By including the element in their images, it changes the mood quite drastically, and in most cases makes it seem more surreal, ethereal and eerie.
Franke has also shot an old shipwreck off the coast of Key West (Vandenberg Project), digitally adding in components later on to complete the shots. Including ballet dancers, kickboxers, a girl holding a butterfly net, a woman hanging out laundry, and a whole lot of other surreal details, Franke became experienced in recreating watery effects on his subjects to blend them in seamlessly, and somewhat believably. To see more of their beautiful skills see here. (Via Art Fucks Me)
This is Red Bowl, an installation piece put on by Cao | Perrot studio (L.A./Paris) in Beauvais, France. The work draws its inspiration from hardship and pain (biblical lepers) but is actually quite pensive, complete with a small pond “covered with a veil of water lentils to create a soft green proliferating surface.” The concept of renewal comes forth pretty strongly as Red Bowl “recalls man’s moral dimensions and the belief in being able to purify the body of diseases by a bath of blood.” A couple more images after the jump but definitely take a look at what else is coming from this really nice landscape architecture studio. (via)